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Bakirathi Mani

Associate Professor

English Literature


  2. Phone: (610) 328-8132
  3. Lang Performing Arts Center 307
  4. Office Hours: Fri 11-12:30 and by appointment

Bakirathi Mani is Associate Professor in the Department of English Literature at Swarthmore College. She is the author of Aspiring to Home: South Asians in America (Stanford University Press, 2012).  Her essays on South Asian diasporic public cultures have been published in American QuarterlySocial TextThe Journal of Asian American StudiesDiaspora and Positions, among other venues. Her current book, Haunting Visions: South Asian Diasporic Visual and Exhibition Cultures (under contract with Duke University Press for the Camera Obscura series) considers the limits of representational politics in South Asian American visual cultures. In 2015, she curated Ruins and Fabrications, an public exhibition of contemporary South Asian photography at Twelve Gates Gallery, Philadelphia.


Prof. Mani teaches courses in Asian American Studies, Cultural Studies of Globalization, Transnational Feminist Studies, and Postcolonial Theory.  She earned her Ph.D. in Modern Thought and Literature from Stanford University, her M.A. in Modern Indian History from Jawaharlal Nehru University, and her B.S.F.S. in Non-Western History and Diplomacy from Georgetown University.

Becoming South Asian in America

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